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Dr Tim Flannery grew up in Melbourne and developed an early interest in the natural world and its history. Flannery studied geology at Monash University and zoology at the University of New South Wales. At the latter institution, he completed his PhD on kangaroos.
Flannery has published widely in scientific and cultural fields, both for academic and popular audiences. His books include The Future Eaters : An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People (1994) (one of the best-selling non-fiction books in Australian bookselling history) and Country (2004). The Future Eaters won the Age Book of the Year Award, Non-Fiction Prize, in1995.
In 2006, Flannery won the Gleebooks Prize and the Book of the Year in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards for The Weather Makers : The History and Future Impact of Climate Change (2005). The Weather Makers was also shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year, and won the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Non-Fiction Book of the Year in 2006. His essay 'Now or Never, a Sustainable Future for Australia' was published in Quarterly Essay 31 (2008) and was shortlisted for the Gleebooks Prize in the 2009 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards.
In 2019, he published Life: Selected Writings (Text Publishing), a selection of essays, speeches and occasional writing on palaeontology, mammology, environmental science and history. In September 2019, his Europe: A Natural History was longlisted for the CHASS Australia Book Prize.
'Get ready for a whole new look at the world around you. You're about to meet the weirdest, wildest and most amazing animals on the planet. Are zombie jellyfish real? Do frogs like opera? Which animals eat poop? (And more importantly, WHY?!) What's it like to wrestle a python? Buckle up - you're about to find out! Bursting with bizarre facts, packed with vibrant illustrations and guided by one of the world's greatest living scientists,Professor Tim Flannery, this deep-dive into the natural world will enthral and enlighten readers. It will also make them laugh out loud ... and squirm in disgust.'
'Throwim Way Leg is unputdownable, a book of wonder and excitement, of struggle and sadness, a love letter to Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya.
'This book brims with marvellous stories. Tim Flannery meets skilled hunters and befriends a shaman. He climbs mountains never before scaled by Europeans, discovers new species and stumbles across the giant bones of extinct marsupials.
'And he writes movingly about the fate of indigenous people when their intricate cultures collide with mining companies and the high-tech world of the late twentieth century.
'‘In New Guinea Pidgin,’ Tim Flannery explains, ‘throwim way leg means to go on a journey. It describes the action of thrusting out your leg to take the first step of what can be a long march…’
'With these words he invites us to share in his breathtaking adventures in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya. You will never think about the bird-shaped island to our north in the same way again.'